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ESC Congress back in Amsterdam in 2020

RAI Amsterdam will host Europe’s largest medical conference

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is proud to announce that its annual congress will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 29 August – 2 September 2020. As the world’s premier cardiovascular conference, ESC Congress attracts more than 30,000 medical professionals and over 4,000 of the latest scientific studies.

“ESC Congress 2013 was held in Amsterdam and will be remembered as one of the most exciting ESC events.” said Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the ESC. “At the time, we received enthusiastic reviews from delegates about the record number of Hot Lines, scientific sessions and new formats which allowed more delegate interaction than ever before. We now look forward to even greater success in this major European venue.”

RAI Amsterdam has demonstrated that they can seamlessly manage over 30,000 professionals whilst providing international connections, a high-quality transport infrastructure, comprehensive logistics planning, modern event-support facilities, high-speed communication and IT networks and quality hotel accommodations.

Maurits van der Sluis, Chief Operating Officer of RAI Amsterdam, said, “We are very honoured and proud that the ESC Congress is coming back to Amsterdam. The destination team here understands the impact of Europe’s largest medical meeting and is highly committed to making ESC 2020 a resounding success. We thank the strong cooperation between Amsterdam’s local government and its business and service sectors in the selection process, demonstrating a clear ambition to become the European ‘City of Meetings’, for bringing up this opportunity.”

Frans van der Avert, CEO Amsterdam Marketing, added, “Amsterdam proudly facilitates over 2,500 conventions annually, of which a large number contribute to the scientific reputation of Amsterdam. We are delighted to welcome ESC Congress back to Amsterdam in 2020 as a great example of international knowledge sharing at the highest level.”


Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together health care professionals from more than 120 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

For further information please visit our web site:

About ESC Congress

ESC Congress is the world’s largest gathering of cardiovascular professionals contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries.

For more information contact the ESC Press Office: Tel: +33 (0)4 89 87 24 83 –

About Amsterdam Marketing

Amsterdam Marketing is the city marketing organisation of Amsterdam Area, active in the fields of promotion, information, research and services. Our ambition is to put this region on the map as one of the five most attractive metropolitan areas in Europe for its residents, visitors, businesses and influential groups. Under the motto “I amsterdam” we present the region as a dynamic place to live and work, an attractive travel destination and a test market for innovation.

For more information about Amsterdam Marketing please contact Machteld Ligtvoet (Manager Press & Communication) or T: +31(0)20 702 62 61

About RAI

RAI Amsterdam has been bringing different worlds, people and markets together, at home and abroad, since 1893. The RAI is an international exhibition and convention company which organises events in the Netherlands and abroad and operates the RAI Convention Centre in the Zuidas business district of Amsterdam. The RAI welcomes around 1.5 million visitors a year to approximately 500 events such as exhibitions, conventions and corporate and other events.

Taskforce City Wide Congresses

RAI Amsterdam is part of the Taskforce City Wide Congresses, a partnership between the RAI, Amsterdam Marketing, Schiphol Airport, the GVB public-transport company, TCA taxi services, a number of hotels and the Economic Affairs department of the Amsterdam Council. The goal of the Taskforce is to draw up multiple bids for large-conference proposals in an efficient way.

For more information please contact Katelijn Wilhelmy, Amsterdam RAI Corporate Communications, at

+31 (0)20 549 17 14 or